Are Schools Replacing Parents?
I was talking with a few teachers last night and found out that public schools in our area are now teaching Character Training. Are schools replacing parents? Now, I know I homeschooled all 4 of our kids so, I don’t really know what goes on in schools. But, when I was growing up character training was done at home.
These teachers said every year it’s getting worse, that kids have “no home training” as one of my kids friends used to say. They said they have no manners, they don’t say please and thank you and they are just lacking common courtesy. When did these things stop being taught at home? Don’t tell me it’s still being taught at home, because if it is, why are the schools now doing the parent’s job?
With my kids, please and thank you were some of the very first words they spoke. When did we stop using Yes Ma’am, No Sir, and other terms of respect? I required my kids to say “Yes Ma’am” and “No Ma’am”, as well as “Please” and “Thank you”. When did parents decide that was unnecessary?
If we don’t teach our kids to respect others what kind of country will this be when we are old and need taking care of, who’s going to do that? And how will they treat us, if no one teaches them now?
And pardon me, but, truthfully character “molding” should not begin AFTER they start attending school, it should have started WAAAY before then!
According to a 4H Youth Development program they are training teachers how to teach the:
“Six Pillars of Character”
Personally, I just feel like more and more the schools are taking over our jobs as parents. According to the teachers I spoke with, it’s necessary because the kids aren’t getting it at home. Ok, so granted, I was a stay at home parent and that has to make a difference, I am sure. But, just because parents work, it doesn’t negate their responsibility to teach their children common courtesy and the 6 things listed above. If this “course” were something that was to supplement teaching that kids were receiving at home, I would agree that it’s a great thing, to back the parents training up. But according to the teachers I spoke with, it’s not a backup – these kids aren’t learning these things at home. The teachers I spoke with are teaching high school, too… even more shocking to me.
Have you noticed this at your school, or a lack of character training in your kids friends?